Human Resources

Policies and Procedures
Hiring Project Assistants/Students
Hiring Classified, Academic Staff or LTEs
Performance Evaluations
Professional Development/Training Opportunities/Requirements
Gaining Access to IT Systems (WISDM, WisMail, HRS, etc.)

General HR Information

All general human resources information can be found at the UW Office of Human Resources website:

Bethany Pluymers is the Law School Human Resources Director, and Justin Boehm is the Law School's Human Resources Assistant.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bethany at or at 265-7981 or Justin at or 890-4466.

Policies and Procedures


If you have questions or concerns about your benefits you may contact:


Josh Cutler is the Law School Payroll and Benefits Specialist. You may contact him at, in Room 5109, or at 608-262-3138.

All general payroll information can be found at:

Earnings statements are now all online. To access your earnings statement online:

  1. Log on to My UW-Madison portal (MY.WISC.EDU) with your NetID and password. If you have not previously used the portal, click Activate your NetID to gain access.
  2. Click the Work Record tab.
  3. Click on the earnings statement you would like to view. Statements are available online wherever you have internet access to

Payroll Schedules for Classified, Unclassified, and Student Hourly:

If you are a new employee, need to change your tax or direct deposit information, please go here to fill out a W-4 and/or Direct Deposit Form
You will then need to return the completed forms to Josh Cutler in 5109.

Hiring Project Assistants/Students

If you wish to hire a Project Assistant or student, before hiring them you will need to submit an
Authorization to Hire a Student Form to Josh Cutler in Room 5109 of the Law School.  

This form will inform the Law School Payroll/Human Resources Office who will be hired, how much they should be paid, the term of their appointment and the funding source.  If you need more information, i.e. the difference between a PA and a student hire, the information below is also located on the back of the Authorization to Hire a Student Form...

What do I need to complete BEFORE hiring ANY student?

  • A completed Authorization to Hire a Student Form, and a copy of your Grad School award letter if applicable, submitted to the Payroll Mailbox at least one week BEFORE the student begins to work. 
  • The form needs to be filled out completely so that Josh Cutler and Justin Boehm in the Law School Payroll/HR Office can complete the information below BEFORE the student begins to work.
  • W-4, Self-Identification, and Direct Deposit forms need to be completed by the student and turned into the Law School Payroll/HR Office BEFORE the student begins to work.                

What does our Payroll/HR Office need to complete BEFORE ANY student can begin to work?

  • I-9 documentation needs to be completed within the first three days of hiring or employment will be terminated (this includes the student bringing in documentation to the Payroll/HR Office.)
  • Employment (for PAs only) is contingent upon a completed and clear Criminal Background Check.  This must be completed BEFORE the student begins to work.          

What is the difference between Project Assistant (PA) Percentage Appointment,Project Assistant (PA) Hourly, and Student Hourly?

PA Percentage Appointment

  • These PAs perform high level research and require special knowledge or expertise
  • Can only be filled by law or graduate students
  • When you hire a PA at 33.3% time or more, they will receive tuition remission, which you will be charged for.  ***Be aware that if your PA has any concurrent PA appointments, and the total of their appointments is 33.3% or greater, you will be responsible for the prorated amount of tuition remission.  Therefore you should ask your PA before hiring.  Please alert the Law School Payroll/HR Office and we will confirm any concurrent appointments.
  • Are eligible for health care benefits if hired for a semester or more.  This cost is also funded by the entity hiring the PA (i.e. Grant, Professorship, Law School or Grad School funds)


PA Hourly

  • These PAs perform research and require special knowledge or expertise
  • Can only be filled by law or graduate students
  • Can only work a maximum of 13 hours/week (which includes any concurrent PA positions)
  • Pay Rate is $17.679/hour (this is a maximum of 56 total hours if using your $1,000 FISC funds)
  • You must go into HRS and approve hours every two weeks for your student

Student Hourly


What if I need help or have questions in hiring a PA or Student Hourly?

Please contact the Law School’s Payroll/HR Office:

  • Josh Cutler, Payroll and Benefits Specialist, Room 5109, (608) 262-3138, or

  • Justin Boehm, Human Resources Assistant, Room 5106, (608) 890-4466,

  • We can post a job opening for you if need assistance in finding a qualified student

Hire Classified, Academic Staff or LTEs

If you are a supervisor/department head that would like to hire a new classified, academic staff or LTE, you will need to fill out a Law School Position Approval Form.  This will ensure the Law School Business Office and the Associate Deans that hiring policy and procedures are being followed.

Please fill out a Law School Position Approval Form and return to Justin Boehm, Human Resource Assistant in Room 5106.  If you have any questions you can contact him at or (608) 890-4466.

Performance Evaluations

The Law School Business Office has developed a Performance Evaluation Form which can be used for Classified or Academic staff evaluations.

All staff should be evaluated at least once per year, and the original should be put in their personnel file with the Business Office.  Supervisors may use either the classified staff evaluation form found on the UW OHR website, or use the Law School Performance Evaluation Form.

The preferred method for completing the evaluation is for both the supervisor and employee to fill out the form separately.  They should then come together to discuss how they each evaluated the employee's productivity, expertise, goals, etc.  One form should then be completed by the supervisor with any additional comments from the employee, and signed by both parties.

Once the performance evaluation is completed, please send the original to Justin Boehm, Human Resource Assistant in Room 5106. 
If you have any questions you can contact him at or (608) 890-4466, or Bethany Pluymers, Associate Dean for Administration and Human Resources at or (608) 265-7981.

Professional Development/Training Opportunities/Requirements

The UW offers many different trainings on topics such as Aspiring Supervisors, Benefits, Environment, Health & Safety, Academic Leadership, etc.  Benefits 101 is a mandatory training all new employees must receive within their first 30 days of employment.

These training opportunities are absolutely free to UW employees. Learn more:

Gaining Access to Information Technology (IT) Systems

There are many different types of IT systems used in UW business.  HRS is the new human resources/payroll system for all employees, WISDM can show your professorship and department expenditures, and WISPER is used to process grant proposals (just to name a few).

A brief description of all the IT systems and information on how to gain access them are on the following website: 

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